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In Year 7, students have 2 music lessons over the 2 week timetable, Y8 have 3 lessons and Y9 have 4. Students are taught a range of musical genres, learn about the key musical elements and hone ensemble performance skills. The Key Stage 3 curriculum builds a strong foundation in the subject for those whose opt to undertake GCSE Music at Key Stage 4.

  • Syllabus: 1MUO
  • Examination board: Pearson
  • Qualification: GCSE Music. Graded 9-1.

Component  1: Performing – 30% Internally marked,  externally moderated

Component  2: Composing – 30% Internally marked,  externally moderated

Component  3: Appraising (Listening) – 40% Externally examined 1hour 45 minutes

Section A – 8 Questions : 68 Marks (Based on 8 set works)

Section B – 1 Essay style question : 12 marks

This course stretches students academically through the Listening Paper and 8 set works.  In addition to this the course will require students to create 2 pieces of original music.  One to a choice of 4 set briefs (released in the September of the second year of study) and one free choice.  Students must  preform 2 pieces of music.  One must be a solo and one must be an ensemble.  These pieces are a free choice for the students and can be performed on any instrument of their choice.

Whilst not compulsory, study of an instrument/singing lessons greatly enhances a student’s  experience of the course and can help to improve performance grades.  These can be taken in school or privately.  Students are also encouraged to attend music extra-curricular groups to help develop important performance and confidence skills which will aide them in improving their overall grade.

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Students are taken out of their timetabled lesson and attend their instrument lesson on a rota ensuring that the same lesson is not missed too many times in a row. 

Instrumental Tuition Academic Year 2022/23 Charges for lessons are:

 • Individual 20 minute £14.40 per week 

• Individual 30 minute £19.56 per week

 • Group lesson for 30 minutes £7.20 per week (minimum 3 pupils) (All prices include 20% VAT)

Pupil Premium students have access to free instruments provided they ensure that attendance to the lessons is above 90%.  

To sign up for Music lessons, please click the link below. Select Prenton High School for Girls, create an Edsential portal account and follow the instructions to book instrument lessons.

Mrs C Burns | Subject Leader – Music & Performing Arts | burnsc@prentonhighschool.co.uk